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Ponferrada, Spain, 22nd September 2014 - Team Specialized-lululemon won its third consecutive Team Time Trial World Championship in Ponferrada, Spain on Sunday. In a time of 43'33" over a 36km course, the team led from very early on and held the pace until the finish, winning by 1'17" over Orica Green Edge.
"It was a little nervous going into today," said Team Sport Director Ronny Lauke. "Three of our riders went down in a crash yesterday in training so we weren't sure if there was going to be an effect from that in the race.
"But they really all pulled together well and with the help of the staff were able to refocus and line up with confidence this morning," he added. "From the beginning they looked good and at our 5km check they were ahead and they just kept increasing their lead."
"We're of course very excited," added team owner Kristy Scrymgeour. "As a team we put a lot of effort into this time trial. Ronny is a perfectionist for this event. He was here already in January to check out the course and today in the car he knew every corner and every bump in the road. Then of course the rest of the staff think about every little detail and with the help of our sponsors and equipment we are always confident that we have an excellent set up on the road.
"It was also really nice seeing the girls ride so well under such pressure today."